Hugh Jackman Talks Marriage and The Surprising Show He Turns to for Parenting Advice

Hugh Jackman

Jul. 12 2013, Published 9:27 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

Hugh Jackman may seem perfect, but he admits he has sometimes stumbled on the road to becoming a loving husband and doting dad. "Back in the late nineties, I made the mistake of saying to Deborra," who he married in 1996, 'I think you're wrong.' I've never made that mistake again," he reveals in the August issue of Good Housekeeping.

So how do he and Deborra make their relationship work? "We try to have a date night...once a week," says Hugh. "Usually we go out for dinner and a movie. If the kids are at school, we'll have lunch together. We're genuine best friends. We have a lot in common."

Article continues below advertisement

OK! News: Brad Pitt Reveals His Family's Secret Policy

The main family rule is to be together as much as possible. "We're never apart more than two weeks," says the actor. "I've had to turn down a few things in my career, but I put my family first."

Getty Images
Source: Getty Images
Hugh Jackman

That doesn't mean Hugh and Deborra always see eye-to-eye on how to raise their children, Max, 13, and Ava, 8. "My wife and I differ about raising the kids...all the time," he reveals. "I'm one of five kids with an accountant father who was incredibly disciplined and orderly. She comes from a single-mom, only-child situation that was very loosey-goosey. When Oscar was born, at first it was like two worlds colliding. We're drifting closer together, but it's a constant negotiation. She loosens me up, and I give her a little more structure."

Photos: 12 Celebrity Kids Who Look Just Like Their Parents

Hugh has a piece of advice for everyone who looks to him as an example of the perfect parent: "Don't take any parenting advice from me; just watch Supernanny," he jokes. "She changed our lives!"

What is your best piece of parenting advice? Follow me on twitter for more interviews with the stars, and then share your thoughts in the comments section or tweet us @OKMagazine.


Want OK! each day? Sign up here!

More From OK! Magazine

    Opt-out of personalized ads

    © Copyright 2024 OK!™️. A DIVISION OF MYSTIFY ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK INC. OK! is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.